An Interesting Article About William Bennett

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  1. legalsec2504

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    Here's an excerpt from an article about William Bennett - what do you guys think?

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2003/0306.green.html

    Bennett is a wealthy man and may be able to handle losses of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. Of course, as the nation's leading spokesman on virtue and personal responsibility, Bennett's gambling complicates his public role. Moreover, it has already exacted a cost. Like him or hate him, William Bennett is one of the few public figures with a proven ability to influence public policy by speaking out. By furtively indulging in a costly vice that destroys millions of lives and families across the nation, Bennett has profoundly undermined the credibility of his word on this moral issue.

    Reporting assistance provided by Robert W. J. Fisk, Soyoung Ho, and Brent Kendall.

    Jill
     
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    I heard it said one time that there is no small sin for a big man.

    Thanks -----Bart
     
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    The latest I hsve read on this is that of his wife saying that he will not be in the casinos anymore. We'll see.
     
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    I'm disappointed. I'm not sure that 'blowing 20 bucks' at a casino is a big deal, yet, the kind of money he's -apparently- lost IS a 'big deal'. On further reflection, what Jesus told us is so-very true...(Mat 10:26 NIV) "...There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known."
     
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    As long as Mr. Bennett didn't break any laws of the United States and didn't take money away from his children's college fund or failed to pay his family's debts, if he used a portion of his money in gambling it is really nobody's business but his and his wife's.
     
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    I never did see where in the Bible it said that gambling was a "do not", anyone want to point me to one?

    Interesting article.
     
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    He compiled a nice book on morals ...and yet I don't know it I would now be willing to pop $20 to $100+ down for a seminar by him anymore. [​IMG]

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    I don't see that he's done anything immoral at all. But I've never read his books anyway, so if he doesn't write more, well, no great loss.
     
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    During the Clinton "scandal", William Bennett was a frequent guest on cable news condemning Clinton's behaviour. I was glad he was there, thought he was an eloquent spokesman, and agreed with his point of view. His basic point is that leaders lead by example as much as by persuasion and there should be no dichotomy between a person's public life and a person's private life. So, for Bennett to be into heavy gambling is a disappointment. He has been doing something in private that he is opposed to in public. He's committed the sin of Clinton in that sense. Happily, he has said he will no longer gamble. I hope he lives up to the promise. If a person sins, is caught, confesses, repents, and ceases the activity...well, that's what true conversion is all about. Bennet has set a bad example. If he truly converts, that will be a good example that others can follow; perhaps even Clinton.
     

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